It is common knowledge that Singapore is a bustling city, but this city does have more to offer then concrete buildings. Small island it may be, this, in fact, serves to its advantage. From a photographer’s point of view, its infrastructure allows ease of traveling from the urban skylines to natural landscapes with less then half an hour of travel time and this allows for experiencing different aspects of Singapore living in less then a day’s sunlight. What more can a lens man ask for.
What can a wedding couple ask for? Imagine pre- and post-modern architecture, avant garde museums, first world skylines. In additional: natural grassland, botanics, and beaches or reservoirs. There are indeed many options other then the notion that Singapore is a big metal dome. Locals and foreigners alike have realised that this city has much to offer in terms of photography once you venture into its nooks and crannies.
Visitors, it is recommended to take a few days off and what this city has to offer. As with most Asian destinations, taste comes to mind when one chooses what they would like to experience first. From antique eateries and coffee shops offering local fare symbiotic with the culturally diverse population, to fine dining in international restaurants opened by Michelin chefs.
Famous establishments are eager to set up shop here due to the boom of the Casinos. Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World are developing quite a reputation regionally as it achieves equal standings with Las Vegas in popularity standings. The streets may not be dotted with the Vegas stretch adult clubs, but the shopping districts and night scenes also provide one with more then enough visual stimulation. There are fashion belts housing major couture brands and niche indie designers; and there are also indoor malls or outdoor flea markets. If the shopping doesn’t wear you down, one can hop on the train and grab a beer or two at the next stop (we weren’t kidding when we said Singapore is small). Areas like Clarke Quay have a good concentration of watering holes ranging from whiskey and wine specialty bars, to cabarets and live bands in clubs. 15 minutes away from Clarke Quay sits Zouk, a club that needs no introduction to fans of dance music.
f one prefers the less rowdy side of Singapore, the places of interest deserves a visit. The Singapore Zoo is also getting a reputation as a must-see long before Casinos were in developmental stages. The beauty of its design lies in the use of avoiding bars or cages and in its place recreate natural habitats for the species. Don’t forget the Night Safari, a nocturnal zoo as intriguing as it sounds. For loungers of the tropical sun, sand and sea, do drop by Sentosa Island and settle down in one of the beaches. Each of these beaches is a hub of activity and it also connects to other areas.
Amongst the many destinations to consider in shortlisting wedding photography locations, Singapore can definitely be seen as an ideal mix of all the options one can ask for. Like its people, it has a good blend of urbanization and naturalization. What’s more, the city’s pace won’t remind you of a big hamster wheel. Rather, it sits comfortably between efficiency and indulgence. Check into the Singapore now and enjoy the city for all its stereotypes and quirks, it has shed its stringent image and wonderfully grew into its shoes as a melting pot of diversity.
By Chris Ling International Photograhers